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War on Poverty

The deepening crisis today demands an effort as ambitious as the one launched fifty years ago this week. 

Homelessness

Fifty years after LBJ declared a War on Poverty, the United States ranks near the bottom in childhood poverty among all developed nations.

Immigrant workers

Soon we’ll all be stuck with the unjust working conditions that immigrants face: contingent jobs, with lousy pay and few or no benefits.

As minimum wage battles flare around the country, the nation’s capital leads the way with a significant increase.

A policeman in Beijing

Hard-hitting New York Times coverage has been journalism at its best—although the Chinese authorities apparently don't agree.

Gift

How we shop this month can help develop more sustainable economies year-round. 

Paul Volcker

Despite being vastly outnumbered, reformers made a real difference.

Wall Street

There’s little support among the wealthiest Americans for policy reforms to reduce income inequality.

Blogs

Education reformers have left out the human dimensions of a harsh labor market where women, like my mother, were regularly punished for not being men. 

August 30, 2014

Home healthcare workers in Minnesota just established a union, opening the door for negotiating higher wages. 

August 29, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014

A new law in Illinois is set to modernize the way bosses deal with pregnant employees.

August 27, 2014

After decades of investment in federal job training initiatives, it’s still difficult to see how much these programs are actually helping workers. 

August 25, 2014

The stunning figure represents roughly a quarter of households of military members on active duty, the Reserves or the National Guard. 

August 22, 2014

Other countries provide childcare and income supports for poor mothers; in the United States, we arrest them.

August 21, 2014

There is real tension between the company’s soaring profits and the baristas’ daily grind.

August 18, 2014

Ryan is asking the poor to be more flexible in being oppressed.

August 15, 2014

Thanks to corporate inversions, many highly profitable companies are stiffing the United States government of billions of dollars that could be used to fund vital social programs. Tell President Obama to stop corporate deserters.

August 14, 2014